CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls) reports rain and windy conditions have kept most people at bay in regards to fishing activity on Rainy Lake. Several animal complaints were handled throughout the week, people are reminded to leave newborn fawns alone as mother will usually find them. ATV enforcement rounded out the remainder of work activity in the station.
CO John Slatinski (International Falls #2) reports that even though the weather did not cooperate this past week, fishing remained a common outdoor activity with mixed reports of success. Public accesses were monitored along with state campgrounds and parks. Questions continue to be fielded in regards to wild animals around residential areas. A possible off road vehicle use complaint was also checked.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports rain and wind over the week limited boating and angling and fishing success was poor. ATV activity was monitored. Area forest roads and public access sites were checked.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) assisted two anglers that had their boat break down on Vermilion. The officer also investigated another refusal to submit to an AIS inspection on Vermilion, and the individual was cited. Anglers are still having success catching walleye and small mouth bass on Lake Vermilion. The officer is still receiving calls concerning bear issues.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, attended training at Camp Ripley, worked anglers on Lake Kabetogama, and attended a funeral for a retired conservation officer. Enforcement action was taken on illegal length fish, angle with extra lines, no angling license in possession, and insufficient PFD?s.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) worked a detail within Voyagers National Park checking anglers. Violations of keeping slot fish, extra lines, no license in possession, and insufficient PFD?s were found. Officer Fredin attended the funeral of a retired Duluth conservation officer. He also gave a FAS law presentation to youth at the Virginia Environmental Center.